Department of Justice creates Religious Liberty Task Force

Archbishop Kurtz: governmental policies have made it hard for religious organizations to operate

The announcement of a Religious Liberty Task Force being created at the Department of Justice drew praise from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who said that religious freedom is vital to the common good of the U.S. “As Americans we intuitively understand that individuals should be free to live in accordance with what they believe to be true, that is, in accordance one’s … [Read more...]

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Federal appeals court upholds ban on prayer at Chino school board meetings

Chino Unified School District board defended its opening prayer as a sign of respect for religious diversity, but 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees

A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that Chino Valley school board meetings may not include prayers, proselytizing or the citing of Christian Scripture. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 injunction against the religious practices, which the court said dated back to at least 2010. In its appeal, the Chino Valley Unified School … [Read more...]

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U.S. House committee seeks protection for religious adoption agencies

Amendment to spending bill would allow adoption agencies receiving taxpayer money to refuse to place children with same-sex couples

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday. The committee adopted an amendment to an upcoming funding bill that would preserve federal funding for agencies who do not want to place children with same-sex couples. The amendment was introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL). In a … [Read more...]

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“It is a Christian genocide”

Nigerian priest recounts religious violence at conclusion of Religious Freedom Week in San Francisco archdiocese

More than 65 Catholics crowded into the rectory at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco to hear firsthand stories of Christian persecution in Nigeria and Asia as the Archdiocese of San Francisco concluded Religious Freedom Week with prayer and discussion on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul June 29. “It is a Christian genocide,” in parts of Nigeria, said Via Christi … [Read more...]

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More animosity toward pro-life students at Fresno State

Attorneys for Fresno State Students for Life ask school disclose results of a disciplinary proceeding after a student vandal destroyed fliers the organization had paid to print—ripping some of the fliers right out of the pro-life students’ hands

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter Tuesday on behalf of Fresno State Students for Life and its president, Bernadette Tasy, to Fresno State University requesting the school disclose the final results of a disciplinary proceeding after a student vandal destroyed fliers that Tasy and her organization had paid to print—ripping some of the fliers right out of the … [Read more...]

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Will bill outlawing ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ also ban teaching the faith to kids?

Under California measure's broad and ill-defined terms, “any practice” could include Catholic catechism classes

Numerous commentators have raised concerns about a proposed bill currently in the California Senate, Assembly Bill 2943. The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act to prohibit “sexual orientation change efforts.” Most discussion of the bill has focused on its potential ban on Bible sales. It seems much more likely that the bill will make religious … [Read more...]

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Landmark ruling for freedom of conscience cases

Supreme Court says baker doesn't have to make cake for gay wedding

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission could be a landmark ruling for freedom of religion and conscience cases. The majority opinion was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg … [Read more...]

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Settlement protects religious freedom in senior community

Home Owners Association was taken on to protect religious meeting rights

A court case that tested the application of civil rights protections to Bible studies and a worship service in a senior community has been favorably resolved through a settlement. Pacific Justice Institute represented the leadership of four religious groups that had been suspended in late 2016 by their homeowners’ association (HOA). The suspension followed a complaint from one … [Read more...]

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“They have the Constitution on their side”

LA Times editorial: Target 'gay conversion therapy,' not religion

The following is an opinion piece by the LA Times editorial board: In 2012 California enacted a law that bars licensed mental health providers from engaging in therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of patients under the age of 18. Now the state Senate is considering a sequel of sorts. But this new legislation is broader in its application — so broad that some … [Read more...]

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California state senator introduces bill to force websites to use ‘fact-checkers’

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, wants state to decide what is real or fake news, introduces “Online False Information Act,” which would require anyone who posts any news on the Internet to verify all information

Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) is the author of the “Online False Information Act,” a new bill that would require anyone who posts any news on the Internet to verify all information through “fact-checkers.” Sen. Pan does not name who these “fact checkers” are. The bill will “require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence … [Read more...]

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